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Satellite Mapping Tool Developed To Check Deforestation In America

Using satellite mapping as an indicator, a new metric has been developed for tracking deforestation in the United States. The satellite mapping can detect the average distance to the nearest forest from any point in the United States.

Earth/Environment March 2, 2017

Intrigued By Ice Storms, Scientists Create Their Own

Ice storms are known to reshape forests, damage infrastructure, and disrupt lives. But they remain unpredictable and difficult to study, so scientists have ventured to create their own ice storm in an experimental forest.

Earth/Environment January 26, 2017

10 Percent Of Earth's Wilderness Vanished In The Last 20 Years

Approximately 10 percent of Earth's wilderness has vanished since the 1990s, and it's all because of human disturbance, a new study suggests. Unfortunately, researchers say lost wilderness cannot be restored back to its previous state.

Earth/Environment September 12, 2016

North American Forests May Not Be The Remedy For Climate Change As Expected: Study

A new study suggests that forests in North America may not produce the same level of climate change mitigation as initially thought. The researchers weren't able to see any evidence of a greening effect that other scientists had hoped for.

Earth/Environment July 21, 2016

Norway Makes History As First Country To Prohibit Deforestation

Norway has officially committed to zero deforestation. The Scandinavian country is known for many of its environmental projects, particularly forest preservation, worldwide.

Earth/Environment June 9, 2016

India To Spend $6 Billion To Create New Forests

India is spending an equivalent of $6.2 billion to increase its forest cover. The amount may seem big but the returns could be far more beneficial in the long run.

Earth/Environment May 6, 2016

Insect Outbreaks Reduce Severity Of Wildfire: Study

Insect outbreaks reduce the potential impacts of wildfires. How does the so-called forest thinning help cut the severity of fires?

Earth/Environment April 29, 2016

Old-growth Forests Can Keep Plants Cool, Buffer Against Climate Change

Old-growth forests with wide canopies and thick understories could act as buffer against rising temperatures and keep plants cool under their shade, a new study has revealed. Forest management practices are essential to activate this cooling effect.

Earth/Environment April 24, 2016

Vegetarianism May Hold Key To Feeding World Population With Least Ecological Cost

The growing population has taken a toll on much of the world's forests. In order to meet the demands for food, forests are turned into farmlands but a new study has found that if everyone would go vegan, trees won't need to be cut anymore.

Earth/Environment April 21, 2016

NASA Satellite Maps Undergound Fungi Networks From Space

Scientists at NASA used satellite images to map the network of undergound fungi in forests. The valuable information could help them predict which forests will thrive and which ones will falter because of climate change.

Animals April 4, 2016

Drought And Fire Killing Rocky Mountain Forests, Study Concludes

Global climate change could hinder the ability of forests to recover from fires. How serious is the problem and why are climatic changes a danger to woodlands?

Earth/Environment March 23, 2016

Chinese Forests Begin To Return - Why Is This Bad News For Other Nations?

Forests are returning in China, according to a new study. However, this may not be good news for other nations.

Animals March 20, 2016

Trees Not As Much Of A Factor In Greenhouse Warming As Once Believed

Forests may not contribute as much to global warming as once believed. How could rising temperatures affect the amount of carbon dioxide released by trees?

Earth/Environment March 17, 2016

3D Cyberforests To Help Study Effects Of Wildfires, Climate Change On Trees

Scientists at Washington State University Vancouver have developed a three-dimensional model of a forest that can be used to simulate the impact of climate change on the environment. The new technology, named LES after the Russian word for "forest," can recreate various aspects of real trees such as root systems and canopies.

Earth/Environment February 28, 2016

Drought And Climate Change Threaten Nearly All Forests In the US

The current drought experienced by forests in the West can spread across the whole country. Scientists should bridge their knowledge gap on the harmful effects of drought and climate change.

Earth/Environment February 23, 2016

Parasitic Plant Species In Japan Do Not Use Photosynthesis, Feeds On Fungi

A Japanese scientist lately discovered a new mycoheterotrophic plant species. The surprising finding: the parasitic plant has abandoned photosynthesis and lives off fungi for nutrients.

Animals February 23, 2016

Human Settlers Damaged Madagascar's Forest 1,000 Years Ago: Study

A study of stalagmites from a northwestern Madagascar cave showed how human settlement damaged the area's forest a thousand years ago. Drastic changes in the landscape were not really caused by climate change or a natural disaster, as previously thought.

Earth/Environment February 21, 2016

Fighting Climate Change Is Not As Simple As Planting Trees: Some Trees Worsen Global Warming

Simply planting trees may not be completely effective in mitigating climate change issues we face today. Researchers found that some trees actually worsen the consequences of global warming.

Earth/Environment February 6, 2016

Man-Made Forests Do Not Help Cool Climate: Managed Forests Contribute To Global Warming Rather Than Mitigate It

Europe's shift to coniferous forests may have stoked climate change instead of mitigating it, according to a new analysis. While expanding since 1750, the continent's forests have been found to contribute to warming.

Earth/Environment February 5, 2016

Worsening Drought To Set Off Insect Outbreaks, Wildfires And Damage Forests: Report

The ongoing drought happening throughout the United States poses a great threat on forests, rangelands and vegetation. A new report provides a national assessment on the possible impact of drought brought about by global warming.

Earth/Environment February 2, 2016

Millions Of Trees In California Forests Could Become Victims Of Drought

Water losses in four years of ongoing drought threaten the well-being of some 41,000 square miles of the state's forests, a study finds. Around 58 million trees are at risk of dying if drought continues, they warn.

Earth/Environment December 30, 2015

Carbon Content Of Temperate Forests Overestimated: NASA Study

A new NASA study revealed that previous mathematical methods to predict the carbon content of forests were more likely to be overestimated. Researchers said this occurs because of a sampling bias in which scientists prefer to evaluate smaller trees than larger ones.

Earth/Environment November 26, 2015

Science Images Of The Week: Songbirds, Stars, Storms And Sperm

This week's images go from macro to micro in a major way. From dead galaxies to mouse gametes, we've got it all.

Space November 20, 2015

How Many Trees On Our Planet? The Numbers Will Stagger You

Researchers have used satellite imagery, forest inventories and supercomputers to estimate the number of trees in the world. Previously thought to be in the billions, the new estimate puts the number in the trillions.

Animals September 3, 2015

Climate Change Could Push World's Northern Forests To 'Tipping Point' Threatening Survival

Warming temperatures could change ecosystem of word's forests faster than they could adapt, researchers say. International action to control climate change may be their only chance, they warn.

Animals August 25, 2015

Historic Redwood Not Nearly As Old As Scientists Thought

The survey of a redwood grove north of San Francisco shows its trees are younger than previously believed. The age of the tallest tree in the Muir Woods is only half the 1,500 years scientists had thought.

Animals June 2, 2015

Patterns of Leaf Growth Are Changing Around The World: Is Climate Change To Blame?

Decades-long study shows timing of leaf emergence, growth and death is changing all over the planet. Significant ecological consequences could follow, researchers say.

Animals March 3, 2015

Tropical Forests May Be Our Best Bet In Our Battle Against Climate Change

As more carbon is released into the atmosphere, forests respond by using these to grow faster. The lush tropics help reduce the amount of the greenhouse gas that is airborne and, in effect, help slow down global warming.

Earth/Environment January 7, 2015

Fifty shades of autumn leaves: The why (and how) of changes in foliage color

Chemistry behind the brilliant colors of U.S. forests in fall explained. Why leaves go from green to red, orange and yellow.

Animals September 23, 2014

Bane for dinosaurs, boon for plants: Deadly meteorite helped deciduous forests flourish

As dinosaurs went extinct following meteor impact, stage was set for a new competition among plants in the world's forests. Faster-growing deciduous plant species out-competed slower-growing evergreen varieties, study shows.

Earth/Environment September 17, 2014

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